Goomba Tower

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Goomba Tower
Goomba Stack SM3DL.png
Artwork of a Goomba Tower from Super Mario 3D Land.
First appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest appearance Dr. Mario World (2020)
Variant of Goomba
Gold Goomba Tower

Goomba Towers, also known as Goomba Stacks[1], are Goombas stacked on top of each other that first appeared in Super Mario 3D Land. They behave similar to the Dangos in Super Mario Sunshine.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Two Goomba Towers and a Para-Biddybud attacking Princess Peach.

Goomba Towers attack in Super Mario 3D Land by running at the player and attempting to hit them in a similar fashion to individual Goombas. Goomba Towers can be shortened or defeated depending on how many Goombas the stack has. For example, attacking a stack of four will reduce it to three, and so on. Alternatively, they can be defeated all at once with a Ground Pound or Statue Mario. They can be defeated one-at-a-time by being jumped on, being hit with a fireball or boomerang, being hit with Tanooki Mario's tail or being hit while Mario is invincible.

Three Goomba Towers are seen in Peach's Letters. Two try to attack her when she attempts to escape, but she defeats one with her parasol (apparently getting a 1-Up in the process). Another Goomba Tower is later seen chasing Peach with Bowser and his other minions. During the credits, Bowser is seen on top of a massive Goomba Tower, trying to reach Mario, who is carrying Peach home in his Tanooki form, though the tower falls over due to Bowser's weight.

New Super Mario Bros. 2[edit]

A Goomba Tower in New Super Mario Bros. 2

Goomba Towers reappear in New Super Mario Bros. 2, and can be defeated by the same methods as before. They can be affected by the Gold Ring, where they function the same as Gold Goombas.

They first appear in World 1-1, where the first one appears before the Checkpoint Flag, and two more appear right in front of the Goal Pole. If Mario defeats Goombas in a Goomba Tower without fully defeating the tower, and then walks offscreen, the Goomba Tower will go back to the original number of Goombas.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

Goomba Tower in Super Mario 3D World

Goomba Towers once again return as common enemies in the game Super Mario 3D World. Once again, their attack pattern is simply to try to ram Mario or his allies. Some Goomba Towers have a Fire Bro at the top, and defeating it will take out the whole tower. Goomba Towers can also hold objects such as Green Stars, power-ups, and Coins. Some Goomba Towers can be found with all the Goombas sleeping.

Super Mario Maker series[edit]

A Big Goomba Tower in Super Mario Maker.

Goomba Towers reappear in Super Mario Maker, Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and Super Mario Maker 2. They are created when the player stacks multiple Goombas on top of each other when creating a level. Big Goomba Towers can be created by stacking Big Goombas that were enlarged by a Super Mushroom. They cannot be made in the Super Mario 3D World style due to the inability to stack enemies.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

A Goomba Tower in the Wooded Kingdom.

Goomba Towers reappear as enemies in Super Mario Odyssey. They can be found in most of the kingdoms in the game. This is their first appearance in a more sandbox-styled 3D game. If Mario captures a Goomba and jumps on other Goombas, he can make and control a Goomba Tower himself. Captured Goomba Towers are required to activate Goomba buttons. Additionally, Goomba Towers can be used for collectibles impossible to reach otherwise, such as regional coins or Power Moons in a high place that are unobtainable in Mario's regular form.

The maximum number of Goombas there can be in a Goomba Tower legitimately is 30. This can be done in the Darker Side, in the area with the Yoofoe. The game itself can actually handle up to 200 Goombas in a stack before the Switch crashes.[2]

Mario Party series[edit]

Mario Party 9[edit]

A Goomba Tower and a Goomba in the Goomba Spotting minigame.

Goomba Towers appear in Mario Party 9 in the Goomba Spotting minigame, where players attempt to count the total number of Goombas that run across the screen as accurately as possible. Sometimes, Buzzy Beetles appear in the tower to trick the players into tallying them.

Mario Party: Island Tour[edit]

Goomba Towers appear in Mario Party: Island Tour. One Goomba Tower is the first boss of the Bowser's Tower mode, being fought on the fifth floor, and its boss minigame is Goomba Tower Takedown. Another appears in the board Perilous Palace Path, and determines whether the player takes the main path or the Bowser Zone.

Mario Party 10[edit]

Only one Goomba Tower appears in Mario Party 10, on the Mario Board in amiibo Party.

Paper Mario series[edit]

Paper Mario: Sticker Star[edit]

In Paper Mario: Sticker Star, five Goombas appear in Bouquet Gardens and stack together as a Goomba Tower to bend into a wheel as part of their dramatic entrance to attack Mario and Kersti. The battle against them has Kersti demonstrate to Mario how the Battle Spin works. Afterwards, the five Goombas are defeated in battle and subsequently surrender.

Paper Mario: Color Splash[edit]

In Paper Mario: Color Splash, a group of five Goombas go into a Goomba Tower before becoming a Goomba Wheel in Sacred Forest, similar to Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Goomba Towers reappear in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as obstacles in Mario Circuit. If the Lightning item is used, the Goomba Towers will fall apart. They will reform similarly to a Pokey about a second later.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

Goomba Towers reappear in Mario Kart Tour, exclusively appearing in the "Goomba Takedown" challenges. Hitting one of the Goombas with an item will cause them to fall, as will driving into them. They are awarded a number of points equivalent to the amount of Goombas in the stack.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Goomba Towers return in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, acting the same as they did in Super Mario 3D World.

Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition[edit]

Goomba Towers are one of the enemy species for Goombas in Puzzle & Dragons: Super Mario Bros. Edition. There are 2-Goomba Towers and 3-Goomba Towers, and appear when a Goomba ally is transformed into a Goomba Tower by using a certain amount of Goomba Coins.

With the 2.0 update, Gold 2-Goomba Towers and Gold 3-Goomba Towers were added as new possible allies.

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam[edit]

At the point in Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam in which Paper Mario is introduced, a group of Paper Goombas led by the Crinkle Goomba form a Goomba Tower to take the form of a Goomba Wheel, similarly to Paper Mario: Sticker Star.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]


Goomba Towers appear as recruitable allies in the Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser mode in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions, after being absent in the original game. They are first encountered in Goombas Unite. Goomba Towers are melee troopers, and they attack by running into enemies. Their special attack, Whomping Wallop, allows them to slam the ground, damaging all enemies in front of them, similarly to Mario Party: Island Tour. They are weak against Boomerang Bros and Beanerang Bros. Goomba Towers always appear in stacks of three.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

Goomba Towers reappear as recruitable allies in the Bowser Jr.'s Journey mode in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey. The player can only befriend a maximum of two Goomba Towers, in which attempting to recruit a third one forces the player to dismiss one of them. Goomba Towers are weak to boomerang attacks from Boomerang Bros. and Wendy, along with yellow Shy Guys.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Goomba Towers appear as obstacles in BMX Plus in the Nintendo 3DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. They appear in both stationary and moving variants, however both have the same effect of causing a character to lose speed and Rings when hit. After they have been hit by a character, the stack will fall over and will no longer be an obstacle.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

In Mario Sports Superstars, Goomba Towers appear in the Road to Superstar mode as enemies for the player's amiibo card balls to take down. They sometimes have a lost projectile on their head, and can be seen with Bone Goombas on them as well.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Dr. Goomba Tower

A Goomba Tower appears as a playable doctor in Dr. Mario World under the name Dr. Goomba Tower, released on April 26, 2020.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

  • North American website bio: "Goombas are pretty common in these parts, but some have new tricks up their sleeves. They may stack themselves to get a towering advantage, or even grow a Tanooki Tail to try and whack Mario down to size."
  • European website bio: "One Goomba, two Goombas... how high can the tower of Goombas go?!"

Mario & Luigi series[edit]

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions[edit]

  • Minion Quest: The Search for Bowser profile: They can use Whomping Wallop to attack all foes in front of them. Weak against Boomerang Bros.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey[edit]

  • Bowser Jr.'s Journey profile: They can use Whomping Wallop to attack all foes in front of them. Weak against balance-breaking boomerang attacks.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Image Abilities Attack Speed Defense
DrGoombaTower Idle - DrMarioWorld.gif
  • Stage mode: "Selects locations (10) at random and eliminates objects at those locations."
  • Versus mode: "Selects locations (3/5/7/10/15) at random and eliminates objects at those locations."
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DMW - SpriteVS AttackBomb1.png
DMW - SpriteVS AttackBomb2.png
DMW - SpriteVS AttackBomb3.png
DMW - SpriteVS AttackBomb4.png
Stage Mode Versus Mode
Level Speed Description Speed
1 Selects locations (3) at random and eliminates objects at those locations. 30
2 22 Selects locations (5) at random and eliminates objects at those locations. 30
3 20 Selects locations (7) at random and eliminates objects at those locations. 30
4 Selects locations (10) at random and eliminates objects at those locations. 30
5 18 Selects locations (15) at random and eliminates objects at those locations. 30
  • Dr. Mario World Twitter: Red: "Introducing a new doctor arriving Apr. 26, 11 PM PT. It's Dr. Goomba Tower! Uh-huh, I see. So they used our trick. Better be careful not to get eliminated when they're lined up three in a row. Please don't hurt me. Argh!"[3]


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese タワークリボー
Tawā Kuribō
Tower Goomba
Spanish Torre Goomba Goomba Tower
French Tour Goomba Goomba Tower
Dutch Goomba-Toren Goomba Tower
German Turm-Gumbas
Tower Goombas
Goomba Tower
Italian Torre Goomba Goomba Tower
Portuguese (NOA) Torre Goombas Tower Goombas
Portuguese (NOE) Torre de Goombas Goomba Tower
Russian Гумба-башня
Goomba Tower
Chinese (Simplified) 叠塔栗子小子[4] (Super Mario 3D Land)
Dié Tǎ Lìzixiǎozi
栗子小子塔[5] (Super Mario Odyssey)
Lìzixiǎozi Tǎ
Stacked Tower Goomba

Goomba Tower

Chinese (Traditional) 疊塔栗寶寶[6]
Dié Tǎ Lìbǎobǎo
Stacked Tower Goomba


  1. ^ From the Super Mario Odyssey Power Moon name "Ice-Dodging Goomba Stack"
  2. ^ SKELUX (October 4, 2018). The BIGGEST Possible Goomba Stack in Mario Odyssey!. YouTube. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Dr. Mario World Twitter
  4. ^
  5. ^ Official simplified Chinese website for Super Mario Odyssey. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  6. ^